Amazon’s fall 2017 pilot season would not be considered a success. Deadline is reporting that the streaming service is passing on all three comedy pilots that were produced. These included Sea Oak, which starred Glenn Close, Love You More from Bridget Everett and Michael Patrick King, and The Climb from Diarra Kilpatrick. There is no word on renewals for two of their other comedies, One Mississippi or I Love Dick.
The move may not be a surprise to some, as the company has been moving away from the pilot season concept and more towards straight-to-series orders and a focus on big, genre project like the recently announced Lord of the Rings. They were originally greenlighted by Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios and Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama development. Both men left the company shortly after the the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Amazon is searching for a new studio head.
The company has two active pilots still in production: Upload from Greg Daniels (The Office) and Making Friends from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (creators of How I Met Your Mother) with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher). Adhir Kalyan and Gorogia King are cast the leads in Making Friends.